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At the top of the island, the "customs path" marks the border between land and sea. Genoese towers and crystal clear waters mark out this route, which links these delightful villages together. The scent of the maquis and wild flowers give this landscape a special, colourful note. A journey to stop time, take a break and recharge your batteries in the heart of nature in a wild and uniquely preserved area of Corsica.
Your day by day program:
Day 1 - Macinaggio
Welcome to Bastia and transfer to the harbour at Macinaggio via the beautiful roads of Cap Corse. The trip starts in Macinaggio, at the north-eastern tip of the island. It is a pleasant place with restaurants and a very good ice cream parlour near the harbour. You will also find a long white sandy beach, ideal for a dip, nothing like it before starting your walking holiday in this seaside town. Night in Macinaggio.
Day 2 - From Macinaggio to Barcaggio
A warm-up stage on the "customs officers path" around the top of the Cap Corse. Small secret coves, turquoise waters in an intoxicating atmosphere of wild maquis. There are countless opportunities for swimming and a stop at the superb Genoese tower of Santa Maria is a must. Your evening stop will be in a tiny little port just opposite the island of Giraglia, a protected site where rare species of birds such as Audoin's Gull breed. On the small island you can also see a lighthouse and the ruins of a military tower sought by Napoleon I.
About 13 km, 4h30, +220 m, -220 m. Night in Barcaggio.
Day 3 - From Barcaggio to Centuri
Turquoise waters and Genoese towers accompany you to Centuri, one of the most beautiful ports in the region. The itinerary will take you over rocky stretches of the coast on lesser trodden paths, through the maquis and then into a more limestone landscape of the West Coast. Your evening stop, Centuri is also known and famous for its lobsters! It is indeed the first lobster fishing port in France. Feel free to try a freshly caught one with a view of the charming little port.
About 11 km, 4h30, + 500 m, - 500 m. Night in Centuri.
Day 4 - From Centuri to Sénèque
A change of walking today and the serious hiking begins, we recommend an early start. Today's stage will take you along the ridge path of the Serra massif, which rises to 1322m. You will pass by ancient ruins that take you back to ancient Corsica and offer exceptional views. Finally, you will reach the foot of the Tour de Sénèque where your chambre d'hotes accommodation is located.
Approximately 14,5 km, 6h30, +900 m, -500 m. Night and meal at the chambres d'hôtes.
Day 5 - From Sénèque to Canari
Not far from your accommodation, the Tour de Sénèque offers a unique panorama over both sides of the island, so don't miss a diversion. Picnic in the rucksack, the ridge walking gives way to a dense maquis that varies with the altitude. The menhir at Pinzu a Vergine marks the end of the climb, and your lofty walk then plunges towards the abandoned sheepfolds at Petricaghjola. Descend to the coast to stop at the charming village of Canari, offering a panoramic view from the bell tower square. Enjoy a superb meal in a simple and renowned restaurant on Cap Corse.
About 15 km, 6h30, +750 m, -730 m. Night in a traditional hotel.
Day 6 - From Canari to Nonza and Saint Florent
This final stage takes you off the ridge trail via old mule tracks. Again another panoramic path awaits before you drop down to the village of Ogliastro before descending under the cover of trees to the village of Nonza, a medieval village perched on its eagle's nest on a vertical cliff a hundred metres high, overlooking the sea and black pebble beach... Enjoy the magnificent bar at the foot of the only paoline tower in Corsica before your transfer to the seaside resort of Saint-Florent which will mark the end of your hikes.
About 15 km, 6h00, +700m, -900m. Night in Saint Florent.
Day 7 - End of stay
End of the stay after your breakfast. Extra nights and hikes available on the coastal path from one of the most beautiful beaches of Corsica, Saleccia. Transfer to Bastia - See you soon!
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Accessible to anyone who can walk between 4 and 6.5 hours on well-marked paths.
Bags are carried by vehicle. You only have to carry your belongings for the day.
Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels and chambres d'hôtes - double rooms
NUMBERS OF PEOPLE
Any day from May until October.
Single room : 282€
July / August departure : 80€
Trip without luggage transfers : -270€
Accommodation in 2*/3* hotels and chambres d'hôtes
1 dinner (Day 4) + 1 picnic (Day 5)
Transfer from Bastia to Macinaggio on Day 1
Transfer at the end of the hike to St Florent on Day 6
Transfer from Saint Florent to Bastia on Day 7
Route descriptions and maps on our application (a smartphone is required).